Russian Doughnuts: Ponchiki!

Russian Doughnuts (Ponchiki) is a wonderful treat and easy to make. Very likely you have all these ingredients available in the household and on a snowy winter day or night these doughnuts are a great treat for kids young and old! So when you can not drive to the store to get your favorite doughnut, try these Russian doughnuts – They may become your new favorite…

Lets gather the Ingredients:
2 eggs
4 tbsp sugar
quarter stick softened margarine or 25 grams (butter is better)
1/2 cup milk (I like to use sourcream)
2 cups self raising flour (or 2 cups plain flour and heaping 1 tsp baking powder)
1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon (no sugar in it)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (for the skillet to fry the doughnuts)

Lets Mix them there doughnuts:

Melt the margarine or butter. Pour into a mixing bowl with the eggs and sugar until creamy smooth.

Then add the milk and mix another 30 seconds.

Add 1 1/2 cups flour and the cinnamon into another mixing bowl and make sure mixed into a blended product. Then gradually stir in the liquid from the first mixing bowl until you make a bread like dough.

Continue to knead the mix to make a smooth elastic dough, while adding half the remaining flour and then add the rest as needed to create a dough that does not stick to the sides of the bowl. (This mixing should be done by hand.)

Roll the dough out to around quarter inch thick. Cut out rings of dough using two concentric cutting circles. Two different cookie cutters are great as long as there is about a half inch difference in circumference.

Lets cook them there doughnuts:

Heat a skillet with the vegetable oil on medium – not too hot.

Drop the dough rings into the oil when oil is hot and cook until lightly golden. Flipping doughnuts over as one side browns and get the other side.

Temperature is important because the doughnuts will puff up and cook only on the outside. (Better to cook more slowly then fast!)

Remove the cooked doughnuts from the skillet and set aside onto a plate covered with paper towels.

Lets eat them there doughnuts:

Eat them while still warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar and dip in your favorite icing.


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